When Men Murder Women: An
Analysis of 1998 Homicide Data
Females Murdered by Males
in Single Victim/Single Offender Incidents
76 females were murdered by males
in Georgia in 1998
The homicide rate among females murdered
by males in Georgia was 1.94 per 100,000 in 1998
Ranked 15th in the United
Six female homicide victims (8 percent) were less
than 18 years old, and 1 victim (1 percent) was 65 years of age or older.
The average age was 33 years old.
Out of 76 female murder victims, 1 was Asian,
47 were black, 25 were white, and 3 victims' race were unknown.
For homicides in which the weapon used could be
identified, 53 percent of female victims (37 out of 70) were shot and
killed with guns. Of these, 76 percent (28 victims) were killed with
handguns. There were 17 females killed with knives or other cutting
instruments, 6 females killed by a blunt object, and 8 females killed
by bodily force.
For homicides in which the victim to offender
relationship could be identified, 97 percent of female victims (72 out
of 74) were murdered by someone they knew. Two female victims were killed
by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 56 percent (40
victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the
offenders. Among the 40 female intimates murdered, 50 percent (20 victims)
were killed with guns; 85 percent of these (17 victims) were shot and
killed with handguns.
For homicides in which the circumstance could be identified, 84 percent (58 out of 69) were not related to the commission of any
other felony. Of these, 78 percent (45 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and offender.
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